imperialism

[ im-peer-ee-uh-liz-uhm ]
/ ɪmˈpɪər i əˌlɪz əm /

noun

the policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies.
advocacy of imperial or sovereign interests over the interests of the dependent states.
imperial government; rule by an emperor or empress.
an imperial system of government.
British. the policy of so uniting the separate parts of an empire with separate governments as to secure for certain purposes a single state.

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Origin of imperialism

First recorded in 1855–60; imperial1 + -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for imperialism

imperialism
/ (ɪmˈpɪərɪəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

the policy or practice of extending a state's rule over other territories
an instance or policy of aggressive behaviour by one state against another
the extension or attempted extension of authority, influence, power, etc, by any person, country, institution, etccultural imperialism
a system of imperial government or rule by an emperor
the spirit, character, authority, etc, of an empire
advocacy of or support for any form of imperialism

Derived forms of imperialism

imperialist, adjective, nounimperialistic, adjectiveimperialistically, adverb
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Cultural definitions for imperialism

imperialism

Acquisition by a government of other governments or territories, or of economic or cultural power over other nations or territories, often by force. Colonialism is a form of imperialism.

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